Most species of loon need large, clear lakes. They are not good at taking off or landing and need lots of space! They also need clear lakes so they can spot their prey. There are five species of loons, and they are found in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Loons are the size of a duck. They have long necks, round heads, and pointed bills. Males and females look alike, but males are usually a little larger.
Loons are known for their haunting, wailing call. All five species are found in North America. The five species are the common loon, the yellow-billed loon, the red-throated loon, the pacific loon and the arctic loon.
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World Status Key
Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in Wild Extinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.
US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game